D. C. Thomson Company, Ltd., is a Scottish publishing company based in Dundee, best known in Scotland for comics. They are also known as the owners of brightsolid one of the first Internet Service Providers. D.C. Thomson also publishes The Dundee Courier, The Sunday Post, Oor Wullie, The Broons, The Beano, The Dandy and Commando. United Kingdom Family History researchers first met brightsolid on ScotlandsPeople, FindMyPast UK, and more recently in North America.

I’ve written about this dynamic company before. If you’d like to read my article click on Brightsolid organization voted best in genealogy for 2011.

The decision to reinforce the family history focus by changing the name of brightsolid  to DC Thomson Family History had been made by Annelies van den Belt the new CEO. The October 1 news release is as follows:

The new CEO of brightsolid online publishing, from today known as DC Thomson Family History, has announced a new strategy and organisation structure.

Annelies van den Belt has revealed that the business will be renamed DC Thomson Family History, to align with its Dundee-based media company owner and to focus on its core business, leading digital family history brands: findmypast and Genes Reunited.

The core focus on the family history market means that Friends Reunited will be re-incubated elsewhere in the DC Thomson Group.

Van den Belt said: “We’re operating in a competitive marketplace, and I’m confident that this restructure will allow us to focus on what we do well – and to do more of it.  The proposed changes are designed to make our business scalable and agile creating a “lean, mean family history machine”.

“At the heart of this name change and new structure is the recognition that we are a global digital family history business, headquartered in Shoreditch, supported by centres of excellence in London, Dundee, Sydney, Dublin and Boston. The new structure will go hand-in-hand with a new name, DC Thomson Family History. In my view this name reflects all that we stand for – our core strength is family history and we are an integral part of a long-standing family business.

“Building on the knowledge and experience within the company there are some very clear and exciting opportunities in this fast moving market.  ”

DC Thomson Family History owns findmypast and Genes Reunited – two of the largest genealogy businesses in Europe – and recently launched in the US. The company has successfully developed partnerships with a host of major cultural and historical institutions that are digitising and making available parts of their archives, including the Imperial War Museum, The National Archives and The British Library.

Chairman Richard Hall said: “Our strategy is to lead the way in the family history market, creating a single scalable organisation, driving value more efficiently from our technology platform, data assets and partnerships, building a single customer view and delivering more customer-focused product development.”


2 Comments on The future of family history is digital: Well-known brightsolid renamed DC Thomson Family History

  1. Tin Lizzie says:

    I have produced my family tree with mostly electronic research so yes the future of family history is conveniently digital. brightsolid now DC Thomson Family history has produced a great website for researching Scottish ancestors. ScotlandsPeople is fantastic.

  2. Shirley C. says:

    I’ve been using online sources for a couple of years. It’s an understatement to say the future of family history is digital. I hoping that the interest in this type of research doesn’t diminish any time soon.

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